TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 20, 2013

Two suspected criminals in Williamson County have had their cases dismissed after the courts erred in the issuing of probation violation warrants, WSMV-TV reports. As previously reported, a judge must sign such warrants, but in an unknown number of cases an assistant signed the documents. At least two defendants have had their cases dismissed to date. District Attorney General Kim Helper says the problem is now fixed. "Once it came to the court's attention, both of our general sessions judges took steps immediately to correct the situation that those warrants were not properly signed were dismissed," she said. Helper also said she believes the courts may have been confused by the kind of warrant they were signing. Tennessee law allows standard arrest warrants to be signed by judicial commissioners and clerks, while probation violation warrants must be signed by a judge.